BOSTON (CBS) – Mosquitoes in Bridgewater have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus, Mass. Department of Public Health announced on Friday.
The samples, collected on July 15, are the first to come back positive for EEE in the state this year.
In response, officials have raised the risk level in Bridgewater to moderate. The surrounding towns of West Bridgewater, Easton, Raynham and Middleborough are already at moderate based on last year’s EEE activity.
EEE is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and can be deadly.
Last year, a Norfolk County woman died after becoming infected with the illness.
The DPH says the first symptoms of EEE are fever (often 103º to 106ºF), stiff neck, headache, and lack of energy. These symptoms show up three to ten days after a bite from an infected mosquito.
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